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Poster: chris in long beach Date: Jan 9, 2012 3:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia and Diana Ross and Disco: Back me Up Here

"that The Dead and The Stones, two of the best rock bands in history, embraced disco wholeheartedly really shows that the whole "disco sucks" movement was a thinly veiled racist, homophobic and classist movement, don't you think?"

Nah, I don't think that at all. I think most that don't like disco just don't like it, and a relatively few people don't like it because it has too many blacks, gays, etc.

I'm not sure I'm following the classist argument though...were most disco performers poor or something?


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Poster: sntb Date: Jan 9, 2012 4:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia and Diana Ross and Disco: Back me Up Here

Hmm..yeah, perhaps the wrong word (classist). But I'm sure there was a pretty specific demographic going to those "disco sucks" rallies.

I was thinking about this recent Mick Jagger interview I just watched (on the recently-released Some Girls Live in Houston 1978 DVD).
To paraphrase, he said that he found nothing strange when a band like The Stones (and others) embraced punk AND disco AND reggae AND country, when he found that they all fit snugly under the umbrella of rock and roll. He goes on to say that in cities like NYC and London, there wasn't as much of the "I like this music and so I can't like that music".
Obviously, it should just boil down to taste. Some people just can't stand the sound of a pedal steel or of a "four on the floor" beat with "whacka whacka whacka" guitar and a funky bass line. Even Zeppelin could get down. Bonham and JP Jones were a funky rhythm section when they wanted to be.

Fans of The Stones and The Dead were/are treated to ALL those things and so receive a wonderful education. Those open-minded enough can hear where everything is influenced by everything else.
I like to point out how during the "changing of the guard" time around '77-78, that both the best of the "classic rockers" and the new punks on the block seemed to meet in the middle at reggae, dance music and Chuck Berry--even if they didn't want to admit it.
One band that couldn't do disco if they tried was The Who--simply because Keith Moon had a serious funk deficiency.

I just wish there was a camera in the room when Micky and Jerry sat everyone down to show them how to disco. And if Rock Scully is to be believed, Jerry went to Studio 54 with Keith Moon one crazy night.

And say what you will about disco, The Dead were damn good at it!

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jan 9, 2012 7:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia and Diana Ross and Disco: Back me Up Here

I believe Rock - the story about Keith sledgehammering through the wall after the window ledge crawl is hilarious.

I think Keith's problem was that Old Gregg had the funk locked away at that time....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Enans8ABSM&;feature=related

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 10, 2012 7:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia and Diana Ross and Disco: Back me Up Here

Hey Bluedevil, I bought a nice Bluefin Tuna from a charter boat in Wanchese this afternoon and thought of you. The angler was Barry Wilson. I know Duke is a Basketball school, but pretty cool still..

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Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia and Diana Ross and Disco: Back me Up Here


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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Jan 9, 2012 5:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia and Diana Ross and Disco: Back me Up Here

It was the polyester.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 9, 2012 8:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia and Diana Ross and Disco: Back me Up Here

Exactly! Definitely the polyester. Oh, and the general glossy-fake bling-n-glitz feel to the whole disco thing. And the fear that rock-n-roll and the honesty and naturalness that was still part of it (sometimes) would be destroyed by the onslaught of cheesy plastic.

On the other hand, it was fun to dance to. And at least it had a catchy beat. And what the heck, anything but Foreigner. Love the music from Saturday Night Fever. Except for "How Deep Is My Love." There are limits.

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Poster: portmcgroin Date: Jan 10, 2012 7:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia and Diana Ross and Disco: Back me Up Here

Polyester rules! cotton sucks. or a blend is o.k.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 10, 2012 9:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia and Diana Ross and Disco: Back me Up Here

Along with the cocaine.

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